Since the filing of a motion of no confidence 13 months ago against the government of Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, there has been an aggressive public campaign, dotted with marches, demonstrations, public meetings and many other forms of protest, but still, the overall goals of forcing a debate and vote on the motion have not materialized.
Late last year when the political volcano erupted, Prime Minister Douglas made it clear, in one of his televised addresses, that he intended to do everything within his power to prevent the opposition from achieving their objectives. So far he has succeeded.
And in critical remarks this week, Douglas claimed that the opposition was becoming wary of the failure of its designated leader of Team Unity, (a grouping of opposition parties), to complete the mission of forcing a change in government. However, as one candidate for the opposition puts it, “If anything, Team Unity is getting stronger and becoming a more cohesive force”.
It has also been obvious that with the start of the New Year, a renewed effort appears to be mounting and those opposing the government have recently held two demonstrations; one spontaneously on Friday 3rd January, when they protested the Prime Minister and his Deputy while at a social event, and the other on the following night, Saturday 4th January, with the target that time being the Prime Minister’s New Year’s Gala, and its guest speaker, American Tavis Smiley.
Since then two embassies have been torched and counter charges have been flowing between the government and opposition, with respect to who is to be blamed.
These were followed up by a public meeting of the opposition on Monday, 6th January, in the Central Basseterre constituency; where they announced for the first time that the time had come to head back to the streets.
With the necessary police permits being received, Team Unity leader Dr. Timothy Harris said on Thursday that he was enjoining all citizens to participate, saying, “Lets hold hands and march together in UNITY to save our democracy…to save our country.”
The march is due to take place on Friday 10th January, from 4:00pm, starting at Greenlands Park, traveling into the city where a rally will be held on Bank Street, featuring the members and candidates of the joint opposition.
The full route will see the protesters moving from Greenlands, on to Cayon Street, Market Street, Liverpool Row, Fort Street, Cayon Street, West Independence Square Street, Bay Road, Fort Street, Bank Street.